Battle Creek Interceptor Project

MCES Project No. 808823

Understandably, the spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, has raised questions about the status of Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) plant and interceptor construction projects. Please note the following:

  • Construction on wastewater treatment plants and sewer interceptors will continue. The contractors are following working environment protocols (asking employees to stay home if they are sick, social distancing, etc.) as outlined by public health agencies.

  • Some project staff are working remotely while others remain on-site to ensure proper oversight of the project. Staff will stay connected through emails, conference calls, and web-based meetings to manage construction activities.

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Project Overview

Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) is undertaking a rehabilitation project for the Battle Creek regional sewer (interceptor) system in Saint Paul. Work includes sewer lining and manhole replacement, along with operational and safety improvements.

Project Description

The Metropolitan Council’s statutory mission is to foster efficient and economic growth for a prosperous region. Environmental Services supports that mission by providing regional wastewater service to 2.6 million people in 110 communities within the seven-county metropolitan area. The regional wastewater system protects public health and water quality while providing capacity to serve the planned growth of the region. The interceptor system meters and transports the wastewater flows from local community systems to one of nine regional wastewater treatment plants. It is comprised of over 610 miles of pipelines, 60 lift stations, and 223 metering sites.

Interceptor rehabilitation projects reduce Infiltration and Inflow, rehabilitate deteriorated areas, and improve structural integrity in order to prevent structural collapse or other potential conveyance problems. MCES staff identified numerous conditions within the Saint Paul area interceptor system requiring corrective action including severe corrosion and voids or breaks in the pipe.

Most of the work is cured-in-place pipe (CIPP). CIPP involves the construction of a new pipe inside of the existing pipe. Impacts from this type of construction may include dust, noise, odors, vibrations, traffic disruptions, equipment staging and visual impacts. Construction is anticipated summer 2020 through fall 2021, and will include trail closures and detours.

Battle Creek Interceptor Project Map (PDF)


Map of trail closures near and in Battle Creek Indian Mounds Park, with zoomed out overlay map showing where trails are, east of Highway 61 and south of Interstate 94.  Descriptions of marked areas: Green line.  Area along Upper Afton Road north of Battle Creek Indian Mounds Park, between White Bear Avenue South and Battle Creek Road.  Full access throughout the project.  Red dashed line.  Area roughly parallel to Highway 61 on the southwest side of the park, from Battle Creek to Lower Afton Road.  Full access from May to October of 2020.  Closed to vehicles from November 2020 to August 2021.  Bike access to Highway 61 underpass remains open. Pink dashed line.  Lower Afton Road from east of Highway 61 to Battle Creek Road.  Full access throughout project.  Trail traffic on roadway shoulder from May to August of 2021. Brown dashed line.  Along Battle Creek from a point east of the southern end of White Bear Avenue South, running north to north of Upper Afton Road.  Park and Trail closed from July 2020 to August of 2021. Purple solid line.  Along Battle Creek from Point Douglas Road South to just east of the southern end of White Bear Avenue South.  Park and Trail closed from November of 2020 to August of 2021. Cyan solid line.  From east of Highway 61 to Battle Creek Road, north of Lower Afton Road.  Park and Trail closed from May 2021 to August 2021.

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Phone: 651-286-8470

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Project Staff


Project Manager: John Chlebeck, Principal Engineer, Interceptor Engineering

Capital Improvement Program